Preliminary work starts today (21 January) on new scheme to improve the A164 between Beverley and the Humber Bridge

Mon, 21 Jan 2019

Preparatory work will begin today (Monday 21 January, 2019) on a major scheme to transform a congested section of the A164 between Beverley and the Humber Bridge.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has announced that the construction of two new roundabouts to relieve congestion at the junction of the A164, Great Gutter Lane and Riplingham Road is scheduled to begin in March. In the meantime, clearance works on site to remove trees and hedges before the bird nesting season begin today, and is scheduled to last approximately three weeks. This preparatory work will be carried out on behalf of the council by Landplan Ltd and is not expected to have any impact on traffic.

The existing staggered crossroad junction where Great Gutter Lane West and Riplingham Road East meet the A164 causes long queues and congestion for drivers, particularly at peak times. To address these issues the council has developed a scheme to replace the two priority junctions with two new roundabouts. The scheme will be funded following a successful £3m bid to the Department for Transport’s National Productivity Investment Fund, with the remaining funding for the £4.2m scheme provided by the council.

The work is scheduled to be carried out between March and December of this year and will include :

  • Construction of a new 4 arm roundabout on the A164 at its junction with Riplingham Road East
  • Construction of a new 3 arm roundabout on the junction of Great Gutter Lane West, Swanland Dale, and Riplingham Road
  • Construction of a new link road between the two roundabouts
  • The closure of Great Gutter Lane West between Swanland Dale and the A164 junction
  • New drainage, fencing, lighting and landscaping.

The contract for the main project is currently out to tender, and full details of the works involved will be issued in due course. A temporary speed restriction of 30mph will be in place during the main works (March – December) and there will be temporary road closures at various times, but two-way traffic will be maintained on the A164 at all times during the day.

Councillor Symon Fraser, portfolio holder for strategic asset management, housing and environment, said : “I am delighted that we will soon be able to deliver this huge improvement scheme on this very congested road. Detailed traffic modelling has been carried out to predict future traffic levels, and we are confident that these two new roundabouts and new section of road will greatly reduce the queues at this location, and allow the traffic to flow freely.”